Monday, September 24, 2012

Cultural diversity

At the recent investiture of the President of India in July 2012, the world witnessed:

A Parsi, Chief Justice Kapadia, swear in a Bengali Brahmin President, Pranab Mukherjee.  
Also present were Muslim Vice-President Hamid Ansari;
a Sikh Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh;
an Italian-born Catholic chairman of the ruling party, Sonia Gandhi;
a Dalit Speaker of the Parliament, Meira Kumar;
a Sikh Chief of the Indian Army,  General Bikram Singh;
an Anglo-Indian Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne from Allahabad, whose son Omar is also a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force.

 I wonder which other country on this planet has a similar record for living with diversity? 

Header image credit: adapted from David Niblack

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